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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Lebanon

Sorry for the blogging hiatus, it's summer what can I say? The last post with reference to the middle east received a number of comments so I thought I'd clarify my position.

As somone who has written against divestment and one who has always been keen that mainline statements on this subject should be made in light of dialogues with the Jewish and Muslim community, I'm concerned about the way such issues are treated.

Given this, I cannot suport Israel's actions of the last few weeks. To take what constituted a border skirmish and expand it to an all out war especially on the urban areas of Lebanon has put civilians, including children in a brutal crossfire.

And it won't succeed. Such a bombing campaign only increases hatred against Israel as well as increases the status of Hezbollah in the eyes of many in the region. Could one expect a different reaction from those who have lost family members, friends, etc?

What's particularily disturbing is the US opposition to a cease fire, something which all the major world Christian bodies have called for. Also the report that the US gave the green light meaning that we are likewise complicit in the violence happening in the region.

Seeing some evangelical groups and leaders providing fervent support for what they see as an unfolding apocalyptic drama makes me wonder if we could possibly be following the same religion for the religion which speaks of peace and reconciliation is not found here.

Correction:For the same reasons that violence will not work on Israel's part, likewise it will fail for Hezbollah. Every attack on Israeli citizens, every missile launched makes a future peace less likely. The question is whether it's peace folks want or victory?

7 Comments:

At 1:21 PM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

I cannot not suport Israel's actions of the last few weeks.

Do you support Nasrallah's, or Assad's or Ahmadinejad's?

Support or condem, why leave them out; without comment.

 
At 5:41 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

Lebanon and Syria are calling for a ceasefire, Israel is the one rejecting this move, Hizbollah may have started it, but it continues in catastrophic terms because of the bombing campaign. So I was focused on Israel. But you're right to say that everyone responsible, including Hizbollah needs to end this military campaign.

 
At 1:00 PM , Anonymous mjd said...

Check ou this blog for other thoughts about the peoples involved in the current conflict.
http://speaking-metaphorically.blogspot.com/2006/08/truth-about-promised-land.html

 
At 8:21 AM , Blogger Gaius said...

All the major Christian bodies called for a cease fire?

Oh?

Does that include the Christian right?

Does it include, more specifically, the Chrisitian Zionists?

I find that difficult to believe but will, of course, yield to evidence.

Got any?

 
At 8:58 AM , Blogger Dwight said...

Gaius
I was thinking of most of the world wide Christian groups such as Catholicism, Anglicanism, Orthodoxy, World Council of Churches, etc. not necessarily the religious right in the US which doesn't constitute much of a force when it comes to their politics of the middle east in terms of christians around the rest of the world.

 
At 4:03 PM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

So I was focused on Israel.

If you suggested Hezballah give up the kidnapped soldiers, perhapes there would be a cease fire.

 
At 3:04 PM , Blogger Saracen said...

It's sad that Israel is doing this, especially to us.

By the way, nice blog! We need more religious Christians like yourself to speak out against this Zionist madness. Permission to add you to my bloglist?

 

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